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In this report, ABI Research examines the digital transformations shaping connected cities and identifies the U.S cities that are embracing those technologies to become the Smartest Cities in North America.


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Nokia OVNI Drones: Shaping Connected Cities

3Q 2017

Nokia has trial-launched drones for search and rescue operations. Drones known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were deployed to locate a missing person at sea. Once found, the UAV informed the victim via a loudspeaker that help is on the way and another UAV delivered a first aid kit to the victim. Drones equipped with LIDAR technology and thermal imaging technology can conduct aerial surveillance and capture accurate images on emergency and natural disaster scenes, enabling first responders to have a better understanding of the situation, and provide faster response time to dispatch emergency relief services and resources. Additionally, the technology promotes better coordination across government agencies (e.g., police agencies, fire departments, paramedics, etc.), via data sharing of situational awareness data provided by drones. Additionally, Nokia recently announced the registration of its drone named OVNI with the European Union Intellectual Property Office as a telecommunication device for civilian and military use.

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5G Acceleration – Reality and Opportunities for Non-Consumer Markets

In this webinar, we’ll provide our view on the evolution of 5G. Will the many impacted industries work together to operationalize the networks? What will this mean for the ecosystem? We’ll look at applications and use cases for vertical market adjacencies.

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